Hope Notes 07/29/2020

July 29, 2020

Dear Friends of Hope  ~ 
 I’d like to circle back to my little tree house object lesson from a few weeks ago.  Writing about that memory triggered another one.  I had a childhood friend who had an irrational fear that she was going to fall through the space between the tree house floor and the tree.  Now, this space was maybe a 2” gap.  No amount of persuasion from me could convince her that there was no way she would fall through.  I couldn’t get her to replace her fear of that gap with trust in me.  Let’s bring that around to our spiritual lives.  Imagine how many times God wants US to replace our fear with trust? We will say we have faith in God, but do we trust Him?  For that matter, what is the difference between faith and trust?  Breaking it down to the most basic level, faith is a noun.  It is something you have or possess, or ‘evidence’ of things both hoped for and not seen. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)  Believers “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)  Trust, on the other hand, is a verb. It is something you do or act upon. Faith always comes first, and trust should be a natural outgrowth of that, but trust is never guaranteed. It is a willful choice, a deliberate action, and can only grow out of your faith.  Faith is a belief system; trust is an action. Faith is believing that God is who God says He is and that what God can do, only God can do. But trust takes things a step further. It is making the willful choice to trust that God will do what He says.  If you’re anything like me (or my friend), it’s often easier to have faith in God than to trust in Him.  Oh sure, when things are going well we will confidently say that we trust Him.  But how about when life doesn’t make sense? When it seems like He isn’t hearing your prayers? Or actively working on your problem?  Like that old song says, “When don’t see His plan, when you don’t understand, when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.” (Trust His Heart by Cynthia Clawson)  Without the “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” of Proverbs 3:5, you will never know the joy and confidence of Proverbs 3:6:  “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Trusting in One who is Greater than I,
Lois
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Water From A Rock (Exodus 17:1-7)
Today we want to remember that we serve the God who can do the impossible. Each of us have known moments when our lives seemed impossibly broken, stuck, or empty. Heartache and grief, or frustration and anger, or panic and fear threaten to swallow up our hope. So this day, we look at a story that is meant to help us remember and believe that God can do what we can’t. He is able to bring us through any struggle and heal any wound. He redeems what is wrecked and brings life to the dead.  Moses faces strong criticism based in the impossible.  Water for an entire nation was needed, but they were in a desert.  So Moses turns to the Lord, and God answers in a way that showed His people that nothing is too hopeless or difficult for Him.

JULY CHALLENGE VERSE: 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4,7
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified; that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.”

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YOUTH GROUP  
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YOUNG ADULTS
Who Are We Going to Be? August 4th 7:30 – 9
Hope’s Young Adults has been around for 9 years now. As the current crop of Young Adults, what do you want this group to be? What should our purpose and focus be? This is your group. If you’ve ever had a thought or idea on something to add or change, this is your week. 

HOPEKIDS! MINISTRY 
SUNDAY MORNINGS
We are excited to reopen HopeKids! Ministries at our 8:30 and 10:00 services. 
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VBS ONLINE: August 10th – 14th
We may not be able to meet in person this year, but that won’t stop our elementary students from learning how “Jesus Power Pulls Us Through!” on the Rocky Railway!  During the week we’ll be posting a different video each day for our students to watch and learn some powerful biblical truths. We’ll also be providing VBS “Stay On Track Student Packs” to those kids that register, which go along with the videos each day. You will need to pre-register ahead of time to Pastor Matt by August 1st at  mattrussell@hopechristianfellowship.org. During that same week, our WonderZone kids will also be provided with videos and activities each day that go along with what they are learning. You’ll want to follow Facebook to find new things to watch and do with your 2-5 year olds so they, too, can have the VBS experience this summer!

ZOOM MEETINGS FOR HOPEKIDS! – ON HIATUS
Small Groups and HopeKids! Hangout are taking a break for the remainder of the summer, but we hope you can join us for VBS!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
MARRIAGE NIGHT: Friday, September 18th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Living in the age of covid has many of us spending more time with our spouses than ever, but are you struggling to feel like your marriage is any better because of it? Does date night seem like a thing of the past? Are you feeling socially distant from the one person you aren’t staying six feet away from? If you need help bridging the gap, re-igniting the spark, or just want a quality night together, sign-up for our Marriage Night! We’ll be hosting a one-night broadcast event right here at Hope designed to encourage husbands and wives with a refreshing vision for God-honoring relationships. Laugh and learn together as we hear from marriage experts and discover how to cultivate a healthy marriage on a lasting biblical foundation. Join us Friday, September 18th from 7:00-10:00 pm by registering hereCost to attend is $15.00 per person; make sure to register yourself and your spouse separately. Open to anyone who is married or engaged!  

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